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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Konrad Lorenz on science, childhood, men, books, life, animals, evolution, time, truth, human, believe, evil and love.

32 Famous Quotes By Konrad Lorenz That You Should Bookmark

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Zoologist

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07 November 1903 AD

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27 February 1989 AD

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Vienna

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85

Konrad Zacharias Lorenz was an Austrian ornithologist, zoologist and ethologist, best-known for being the pioneer of ethology in the modern era. He shared the ‘Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine’ in 1973 for his efforts. Lorenz is one of the most important figures in the history of ethology and is particularly noted for refining the study on behaviour of animals. Ethology became another branch of biology due to Lorenz’s untiring efforts in collaboration with other scientists. Lorenz had also served in the German army during the ‘Second World War’ but later showed profound remorse for having served the Nazis during the war. Lorenz was also a prolific writer and some of his noted works include ‘On Aggression’, ‘Man Meets Dog’ and ‘King Solomon’s Ring’. Another book ‘Here I Am- Where Are You?’ is an account of the work that he had done throughout his life. Here is a collection of some of his most well-known quotes from his work and life. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from some of the most famous quotes and thoughts by Konrad Lorenz.

It ought to be realized by all dog owners that obesity shortens a dog's life quite considerably, a life which is much too short anyhow.

- Konrad Lorenz

The human mind, in taking us down the path of technocracy, has become the adversary of life itself and collaterally the adversary of the human soul.

- Konrad Lorenz

The instinctive need to be the member of a closely knit group fighting for common ideals may grow so strong that it becomes inessential what these ideals are.

- Konrad Lorenz

A man sufficiently gifted with humor is in small danger of succumbing to flattering delusions about himself, because he cannot help perceiving what a pompous ass he would become if he did.

- Konrad Lorenz

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one.

- Konrad Lorenz

Humor and knowledge are the two great hopes of our culture.

- Konrad Lorenz

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.

- Konrad Lorenz

In science, new ideas are at first completely neglected, later fiercely attacked, and finally regarded as well known.

- Konrad Lorenz

Just thinking that my dog loves me more than I love him, I feel shame.

- Konrad Lorenz

The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift.

- Konrad Lorenz

Philosophers are people who know less and less about more and more, until they know nothing about everything. Scientists are people who know more and more about less and less, until they know everything about nothing.

- Konrad Lorenz

The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less binding moral responsibilities than the friendship of a human being.

- Konrad Lorenz

Every danger loses some of its terror once its causes are understood.

- Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins, Konrad Lorenz

Scientific truth is universal, because it is only discovered by the human brain and not made by it, as art is.

- On Aggression, Konrad Lorenz

More than any other product of human scientific culture scientific knowledge is the collective property of all mankind.

- Konrad Lorenz

Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.

- On Aggression, Konrad Lorenz

Every scientist should, after all, regard it as his duty to tell the public, in a generally intelligible way, about what he is doing

- King Solomon's Ring, Konrad Lorenz

The human soul is very much older than the human mind.

- Konrad Lorenz

The missing link between animals and the real human being is most likely ourselves.

- Konrad Lorenz

I have found the missing link between the higher ape and civilized man: It is we.

- Konrad Lorenz

Barking dogs occasionally bite, but laughing men hardly ever shoot.

- Konrad Lorenz

The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this Earth can ever be.

- Konrad Lorenz

The truth about an animal is far more exciting and altogether more beautiful than all the myths woven about it.

- Lads Before the Wind: Diary of a Dolphin Trainer, Konrad Lorenz

There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog

- Konrad Lorenz

Most people have forgotten how to live with living creatures, with living systems and that, in turn, is the reason why man, whenever he comes into contact with nature, threatens to kill the natural system in which and from which he live.

- Konrad Lorenz

The competition between human beings destroys with cold and diabolic brutality... Under the pressure of this competitive fury we have not only forgotten what is useful to humanity as a whole, but even that which is good and advantageous to the individual. [...] One asks, which is more damaging to modern humanity: the thirst for money or consuming haste... in either case, fear plays a very important role: the fear of being overtaken by one's competitors, the fear of becoming poor, the fear of making wrong decisions or the fear of not being up to snuff...

- Konrad Lorenz

All living beings have received their weapons through the same process of evolution that moulded their impulses and inhibitions; for the structural plan of the body and the system of behaviour of a species are parts of the same whole.... Wordsworth is right: there is only one being in possession of weapons which do not grow on his body and of whose working plan, therefore, the instincts of his species know nothing and in the usage of which he has no correspondingly adequate inhibition.

- Konrad Lorenz

All the advantages that man has gained from his ever-deepening understanding of the natural world that surrounds him, his technological, chemical and medical progress, all of which should seem to alleviate human suffering... tends instead to favor humanity's destruction.

- Konrad Lorenz

...he who has seen the intimate beauty of nature cannot tear himself away from it again. He must become either a poet or a naturalist and, if his eyes are keen and his powers of observation sharp enough, he may well become both.

- Konrad Lorenz

The appeal of the cat lies in the very fact that she has formed no close bond with [man], that she has the uncompromising independence of a tiger or a leopard while she is hunting in his stables and barns: that she still remains mysterious and remote when she is rubbing herself gently against the legs of her mistress or purring contentedly in front of the fire.

- Konrad Lorenz

The rushed existence into which industrialized, commercialized man has precipitated himself is actually a good example of an inexpedient development caused entirely by competition between members of the same species. Human beings of today are attacked by so-called manager diseases, high blood pressure, renal atrophy, gastric ulcers, and torturing neuroses: they succumb to barbarism because they have no more time for cultural interests.

- Konrad Lorenz

I am convinced that of all the people on the two sides of the great curtain, the space pilots are the least likely to hate each other. Like the late Erich von Holst, I believe that the tremendous and otherwise not quite explicable public interest in space flight arises from the subconscious realization that it helps to preserve peace. May it continue to do so!

- Konrad Lorenz